Red Sox notes: Ortiz named HR Derby captain

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Red Sox notes: Ortiz named HR Derby captain

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
HOUSTON -- Suddenly, David Ortiz finds himself as a general manager of sorts.

Ortiz is the captain of the American League Home Run Derby squad, by virtue of winning the event in Anahehim at last summer's All-Star game.

Under a new format for the game on July 12 in Phoenix, MLB has selected captains for each league who will select three players other than themselves to compete in the derby.

Milwaukee's Prince Fielder will serve as the NL captain.

"We're just going to try to put a show on,'' said Ortiz. "It's tough (to pick just three); there's a lot of players, even players who aren't home run hitters who can put on a show (in batting practice).''

Ortiz said he hasn't started contacting players yet, but has three players in mind whom he will invite. He wouldn't divulge any names, but it's hard to believe that Toronto's Jose Bautista isn't among them.

"I think it's better for a (fellow) player to come and ask you,'' said Ortiz, "rather than MLB coming to ask you. There's a relationship between us as players instead of someone you don't know from MLB coming.''

Even when he isn't participating, Ortiz is entertained just being a spectator.

"I'm like my son out there,'' he said, "enjoying it all.''

So many top starters in the American League are schedueld to pitch Sunday, July 10 -- the final game before the break -- that A.L. manager Ron Washington might seek other options to start the annual All-Star game.

CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver and the Red Sox' own Jon Lester are lined up to start the 10th.

Josh Beckett, who has only six wins but who went into Friday's games with the second-best ERA in the American League, could be a candidate.

Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch from the lineup, felled by illness.

To adjust, Francona moved Marco Scutaro into the leadoff spot for the first time this season, shifted Josh Reddick from left field to center and inserted Drew Sutton into the lineup in left.

Francona hinted that he may have Adrian Gonzalez back in right and Ortiz at first Saturday night in the middle game of the series.

Francona found himself managing against best friend Brad Mills Friday night for the first time in a regular season game.

The two have faced off before, but only in spring training games "when the results don't matter. I'm not really crazy about this. It's hard. We want to win so bad and so does he.''

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Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per BrooksBaseball.net, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

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Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.

ROSTER MOVES

Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.

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